Timely Session!

Doubts over the effective implementation of the decentralization system of government must have been pushed under the carpet following the holding yesterday, 07 October, in Yaounde of the first ordinary session of the National Decentralisation Board for 2

First, the board that was presided by its Chair, PM Joseph Dion Ngute came a few days after the convening of electorates by the Head of State for the election of Regional Councillors; second, the election is the last step towards the establishment of the institution as provided for in the 1996 constitution. In effect, the race to grab a seat in the Regional Council is on. As per the Presidential decree of 07 September, Municipal Councillors and traditional rulers in all the divisions of the country will head for the polls to select Regional Councillors come 06 December, 2020.  The election which will be the first of its kind since Regional Councils were enshrined in the constitution is being organized within the context of the Decentralisation process  initiated at the behest of popular opinion and increasing pressure from the population to partake in the management of their  own affairs.

The anxiety towards self-reliance development was fast reaching fever height with the turn of events as could be seen from the majority of the people who could not continue to swallow decisions on projects initiated from the central administration, some of which did not respond to the aspirations of the local population. Now that their cry has been heard, what next, is the question on many minds? This question so to say has its place especially as it’s a new institution that is being set up; and it’s coming to play a role many think was already being played by municipal councilors.  In any case, the holding of the National Decentralisation Board provides part of the answer to the worry of many.  The worry as to whether or not the decentralization process will be fully implemented stems from the delay registered since the system was enshrined in the constitution as far back as 1996.  But as the saying goes, it is better late than never. Now that the ball has been set rolling, expectations have equally reached higher heights.

Power, it is said, is how it is used and not necessarily how it is obtain...



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